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Guitararama

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Dec 16, 2021

Guitararama is the first studio album by Stephen Dale Petit released on 2 June 2008. The album was both inspired and funded by Petit’s time spent performing as part of the Licensed Busking scheme on the London Underground in 2003.

2008 studio album by Stephen Dale Petit
Guitararama
Studio album by

Released 2 June 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Blues, new blues, blues rock
Length 63:27
Language English
Label 333 Records
Producer Stephen Dale Petit/ Richard Niles
Stephen Dale Petit chronology
Guitararama
(2008)
The Crave
(2010)

Speaking to EarlyBlues.com, Petit commented: “It was hard but ultimately it led to me recording Guitararama. People stopped me down there and said “Can I buy this?” but I had nothing to sell so after a few months I thought I’d better set about recording some music.”[1]

Guitararama was recorded over an 18 month period and financed entirely by busking. It was released independently by Petit in late 2006. The album’s first pressing was initially available only on the London Underground before being taken on by major UK commercial retailers and online outlets.

Guitararama was re-packaged and re-released on 2 June 2008 under 333 Records, with 3 extra bonus tracks added (“Blues From Mars”, “Bad Road Blues” and “A Better Answer”). The album is in a Digipak format with a 16-page colour booklet featuring photography from street photographer John Gladdy.

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Guitararama is predominantly instrumental and appeals to “both the mature, arts-appreciative audience and the younger, guitar-inquisitive end of the market.”

Petit states that in creating the album, his “guiding principle was to honour the music that had floored me throughout my life, to do it justice, to try and create the magic, mystery and excitement I’d heard in that music in my own songs and to capture it in the recordings”.[2]

Classic Rock reviewed the album, giving it eight stars and stating: “Petit occupies a stunning middle ground between the fire of Freddie King, the instinct of Jimmy Page and the soul of Clapton… It’s difficult these days to put a new spin on such an old genre as the blues but Petit has managed it”.

Guitar & Bass Magazine placed Guitararama in its “Top 10 Albums of the Year”, writing that “Petit’s vim and vigour are matched by his fine technical skills… proof positive that the blues can move forward in the 21st Century.”[3]

Properganda Magazine praised the album for Petit’s “incendiary playing” and described Petit as a “a phenomenal technician who demonstrates tremendous feel.”[4] Commenting on Petit’s performance on Guitararama, Rock N Reel Magazine said: “Petit’s got that elusive must see quality that makes a minor deities of accomplished musicians”.[5]

The first incarnation of Guitararama entered the Top 10 HMV Blues Album Chart in the UK (between two Robert Johnsonalbums), as well as the iTunes Top 10 Chart in both Norway and Sweden.

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